I can't find a single player I disagree about. Looking at it now at 53, rather then 75... I can't believe how deep we are.
Tom Brady, Matt Cassel
COMMENT: Rookie Corey Bramlet goes to the practice squad, as the Patriots carry just two QBs for the first time in Bill Belichickâ€™s tenure (2000-present).
Running back (4)
Corey Dillon, Laurence Maroney, Kevin Faulk, Heath Evans
COMMENT: Impressive rookie Patrick Cobbs is edged out by Evans, who was working with a few top special teams units in practice this week. Assuming heâ€™s not courted elsewhere, Cobbs lands on the practice squad, while Patrick Pass starts the year on the physically unable to perform list.
Wide receiver (5)
Deion Branch, Reche Caldwell, Troy Brown, Chad Jackson, Bam Childress
COMMENT: John Stone and Kelvin Kight could also be in the mix for the spot given to Childress, as Childress has practice squad eligibility. Willie Andrews, who should make the team as a returner, could also contribute here.
Tight end (4)
Daniel Graham, Benjamin Watson, David Thomas, Garrett Mills
COMMENT: One of the deepest positions on the team, with Mills also responsible for fullback-like duties.
Offensive line (8)
Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Dan Koppen, Stephen Neal, Ryan Oâ€™Callaghan, Nick Kaczur, Russ Hochstein, Billy Yates
COMMENT: Tackles Wesley Britt and Randy Hand, and guard Dan Stevenson, likely wind up on the practice squad. This is a deep, smart, talented group. Competition has been intense for what looks like an eighth spot, and Yates gets the nod for his strong work vs. Arizona in Week 2.
Defensive line (7)
Richard Seymour, Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren, Jarvis Green, Johnathan Sullivan, Mike Wright, Marquise Hill
COMMENT: Like the offensive line, another deep, smart, talented group. Dan Klecko and Le Kevin Smith are the tough cuts, with Smith likely returning to the practice squad. Hill, a 2004 second-round pick, gets a generous spot because 6-foot, 300-pound athletic players are hard to develop and heâ€™s still raw.
Inside linebacker (7)
Mike Vrabel, Junior Seau, Tedy Bruschi, Barry Gardner, Larry Izzo, Don Davis, Eric Alexander
COMMENT: Monty Beisel is the tough cut. Izzo, Davis and Alexander are core special teams contributors, with Davis also seeing time in sub packages.
Outside linebacker (3)
Rosevelt Colvin, Tully Banta-Cain, Pierre Woods
COMMENT: Depth is a concern here, although Mike Vrabel can always return to the outside. Woods, who played at Michigan, looks like this yearâ€™s Randall Gay/Mike Wright story -- a rookie free agent who emerges to make the roster. Chad Brown isnâ€™t healthy enough to make the roster.
Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs, Randall Gay, Chad Scott
COMMENT: Eric Warfield could still make the club, with his fate possibly tied to Tebucky Jonesâ€™ hamstring injury. But Chad Scott brings more value on special teams at this time, as he was on the first-unit kickoff coverage Saturday against the Redskins. Eugene Wilson adds depth here if needed.
Eugene Wilson, Rodney Harrison, Artrell Hawkins, James Sanders, Willie Andrews, Tebucky Jones
COMMENT: Jonesâ€™ hamstring injury creates a little uncertainty here, and depending on its severity could open the door for someone else like Eric Warfield, Antwain Spann, Guss Scott (currently injured), Patrick Cobbs or a free-agent pickup who could carve out a niche on special teams.
Stephen Gotskowski (kicker), Josh Miller (punter), Lonie Paxton (snapper)
Offense -- 23 players
Defense -- 27 players
Specialists -- 3 players
PROJECTED PRACTICE SQUAD: OT Wesley Britt, OT Randy Hand, OG/C Dan Stevenson, RB Patrick Cobbs, DL Le Kevin Smith, OLB Jeremy Mincey, ILB Corey Mays, DL Santonio Thomas